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Establishing a Business Improvement District – our proposal

 

Warkworth is changing rapidly with the population expected to explode over the next 20 years and land being developed at a rate of knots. These changes will generate more challenges and opportunities.

One Warkworth needs financial stability to continue supporting the local business community through these changes; to continue helping grow the local economy; and to keep lobbying for appropriate infrastructure.

We have made great progress over the last three years with the support of 23 loyal sponsors who contribute about 70 percent of the money used to get things done for the business community.  The remaining 30 percent of our funding comes from voluntary membership fees.

This is a high risk model. We need a more efficient and fairer way of funding the work we do – a model where everyone who benefits contributes.

The One Warkworth committee has unanimously agreed that forming a Business Improvement District (BID) is the fairest way to achieve this.

Our proposal is significantly different to previous BID proposals

 

Our proposal is to set an annual maximum flat rate of $500 (excl. GST) per commercial title. Our proposal does NOT include a rate (or part thereof) determined by the rateable value of a property. If a landlord chooses to pass the BID rate onto his / her tenants, the fixed rate of $500 may be divided by the number of rented units.

Read more about our proposal by downloading our information booklet. Please email Murray Chapman or one of our commitee members if you would like a hard copy of the booklet.

We are also adding an extra layer of protection so this rate cannot be changed easily. It will be drawn into our constitution that a change can only be made if a true majority of businesses within the BID area support doing so.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Three meetings are being held to provide information about establishing the BID, the benefits and what is planned for the first two years with opportunities to ask questions. All welcome to attend from 5:30pm at the Bridgehouse back bar on:

  • Wednesday, 12 February
  • Wednesday, 19 February
  • Wednesday, 26 February
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A BID will enable us to continue:

  • representing the business community at central government, council and CCO meetings to ensure projects, policies and plans reflect local business needs
  • making formal deputations and submissions on behalf of local businesses
  • promoting local businesses on our search optimised website and business directory
  • driving support for local businesses through social media channels
  • hosting regular networking events
  • holding public meetings on matters of concern for local businesses
  • supporting events like the Santa Parade, Kowhai Festival, Classic Car Rally and Mahurangi Festival of Lights to connect local businesses with the community
  • hosting and promoting workshops on business best practice and changing regulations
  • sharing expertise to help businesses improve their capability and build capacity
  • scoping and delivering initiatives like the e-Waste collection, late night shopping and monitored security cameras
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What people are saying:

Louise Tunnicliffe, Intimate Apparel Warkworth: “My livelihood depends on having a vibrant and engaged local community and I really value One Warkworth’s efforts to promote our town and region. A BID is a great way of continuing this work in an equitable and sustainable manner that will benefit businesses and the wider community. I will be voting YES.”

Hugh Harvey, MS Engineering: I was strongly against the last BID proposal. I didn’t agree that the rate should be based on a commercial property’s capital value; I didn’t trust Council’s involvement; and l didn’t believe we would get any benefit from it. Over the last three years, One Warkworth has proven what can be achieved with the right support and resources. At a fixed rate of $500 per year / per title, establishing a BID will ensure One Warkworth can develop long-term strategies that the business sector and the area as a whole will benefit from. I fully support this new BID proposal.

Peter Thompson, P Thompson Consulting: “I definitely support the BID. It will be great for my business and the community around me. I’m definitely ticking YES and think you should too.” 

What’s next?

Following unanimous support at our AGM to enter the BID establishment process, we are now going to the vote to see if there is wider support.

Commercial property or business owners located within the red line on the map are eligible to vote on establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) in Warkworth.

The process of voting is set out in the Auckland Council BID policy.  The ballot is based on the principle of ‘one entity – one vote’/‘one person – one vote’, an entity being a commercial property ratepayer and/or a business/occupier. This means there is one vote for one ratepayer or business irrespective of how many properties or businesses you own within the proposed BID area.

Independent Election Services Ltd will run the ballot and voting is done by post or online using a dedicated URL and code.

Eligible voter lists

There are two lists of eligible voters:

  1. commercially rated property owners with the BID boundary
  2. businesses operating from commercial premises with the BID boundary

If you are elgibile, your property address and/or business will appear once on only one list. Please check that you have one business or property on a list. If you are not on a list and believe you should be please email Claire or Murray or complete the registration form by 14 February.

Voting packs will be sent out from 16 February – please allow a few days for it to reach you. If you do not receive one or you didn’t register in time, please email Judith Ofsoske at Independent Election Services or call 09 973 5212.

Please contact a One Warkworth committee member if you have any questions about the BID.

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